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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 04: Dan Bailey #5 of the Dallas Cowboys kicks a field goal as Chris Jones #6 holds the ball during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 4, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

    Offense: F
    I mean, not much needs to be said here as to why that grade was given. No points in the second half. One field goal in the first quarter, and one field goal in the second quarter. That's it — all against the worst red-zone defense in all of football. Just 216 total yards against that unit is a new low. Awful.

    Defense: B+
    This would've been an A if Jeff Heath had blatantly held a Tampa Bay receiver. It's too bad, too, because Heath had a really good game otherwise with two interceptions. The Cowboys also got three sacks (none from Greg Hardy) and would've recovered a fumble if not for that Heath gaffe that would've ended the game and the losing skid.

    Special teams: B
    Dan Bailey missed a field goal, which wouldn't have changed the result in hindsight. But other than that, it was a pretty good day. Cole Beasley had a good punt return, the kick coverage was good, and Chris Jones continued to punt at Pro Bowl level.